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FlinterFile: The Undertones- Here Comes The Summer

The Undertones, a punk rock band, made their debut in 1979. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers- Here Comes My Girl

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This song is a little less famous than Refugee. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Ellen Foley- We Belong To The Night

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Ellen Foley had become famous as the female singer in the song Paradise By The Dashboard Light by Meat Loaf. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Nick Straker Band- A Walk In The Park

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In 1979, the Nick Straker Band had their first hit. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: McFadden & Whitehead- Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now

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In 1979, two of the writers from the Philadelphia International Records label thought they could record a song together. They had written several hits for the label, including Back Stabbers for the O’Jays. They convinced Gamble & Huff, the owners of the label, to give them a chance. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Earth, Wind & Fire- Boogie Wonderland

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In 1979, Earth Wind & Fire had a hit with a song they nearly passed on to another group. The song, written by Jon Lind and Allee Willis, was the counterpart of all the boogie-disco songs that were produced. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Bellamy Brothers- If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me)

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In 1979, the Bellamy Brothers released one of their big hits. The (extremely) long title was taken from Groucho Marx, who had a television show in their youth. He sometimes used this line, but their family took this line and said it quite often, causing it to be a perfect title. Britney Spears took quite some text from the song for her own song, but the Bellamy Brothers were not amused: they asked themselves where the originality was… In the US it was a number 39 hit, in the UK number 3. Enjoy

The Bellamy Brothers- If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me)

FlinterFile: Dan Hartman- Relight My Fire

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In 1979, Dan Hartman released the floorfiller Relight My Fire. The song, released as the follow-up of the hit Instant Replay, became a favourite among DJ’s in discotheques. With the 12 inch (which has a four minute intro called Vertigo), it was one of the records that always did a good job at party’s and discos. The music of the song was played by MFSB, the refrain (strong enough to walk on through the night) was sung by Loleatta Holloway, and Dan Hartman singing the rest made it a number 1 hit in the US dance chart. In the UK, it did not chart, until Take That recorded their version, which became number 1… Enjoy the original

Dan Hartman- Vertigo/Relight My Fire

Song of the day: Sheila & the B. Devotion- Spacer

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In 1979, Sheila & the Black Devotion made the song they would be remembered for. Produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, who both were in Chic, it would be one of their bigger hits. Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards were successful with the sound they made with Chic, and were asked to use their knowledge in the production of other artists, such as Sister Sledge and Diana Ross. Sheila & the Black Devotion were, till their co-operation, a group which did not have a lot of success. This changed with the single Spacer, which managed to get top 10 positions over the world, and a number 18 position in the UK. Later, the song would be sampled for Crying In The Discotheque by Alcazar. Enjoy

Sheila & the Black Devotion- Spacer

Song of the day: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers- Refugee

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In 1979, Tom Petty was quite angry with a record label. What was the problem? ABC records, where he was signed up, tried selling their contract to MCA Records, without informing Petty. He wrote a song, Mike Campbell wrote the music, and then the song had to be recorded, which took a very long time. A girl from the reception in the studio where they mixed the song, told them they would have a hit with it. They were not sure, but now we know they hit number 15 in the US. Enjoy

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers- Refugee